Remembering Jordie Lunn with Unreleased Video from Trip to Peru with Brett Tippie

Oct 9, 2020
by Sarah Moore  
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bigquotesLast year I was asked to recommend a fellow guest guide by Haku Expeditions to shred bikes in Peru and help with a tour! I had done a trip there the year before with them and knew my buddy Jordie Lunn would be perfect for the job, the guests and locals alike would love him, as everybody does who meets him, and he'd be a blast to ride with of course.

Sure enough, we had good times with everyone shuttling big vertical on trails just out of Cusco with 3000', 4000', and 5000' vertical descents everywhere and only riding the same trail again once the whole week. We went through brake pads and ate in both fancy restaurants, local cafes and even ate guinea pig with some friendly mountain folk farmers in their authentic dirt floor farmhouse at the base of a huge mountain in the middle of nowhere.

We then went on a 4 day camping trip deep into the Andes over the Ausengate Pass complete with Haku guests, a cook, porters, tents, food, and supplies carried by horses and got up to 16,400' above Sea Level. That was the highest either of us had ever been riding bikes.

Andrew Young flew down to video the camping trip at the last minute and he crushed the altitude and shot alongside photographer Steve Shannon who had a few more days to acclimatize. There was great weather, no wifi, cool people, amazing food camping, hot pools and sick freeride adventures all day long for 3 nights. A random friendly wild dog joined us for the 4 day journey and we fed him and he hung out with us affectionately.

We climbed laboriously at the high altitude (Jordie made me do 30 pushups with him at the top of a few mountains of course... he always did that) but then we got to ride big mountain scree lines, some chutes, steep faces, open bowls, tech chunky pitches, and flowy sweepers amongst the herds of Llamas and Alpacas and below the circling birds of prey.

There was some random centuries old trails (from many, many generations of mountain people and animals living up here at high altitude) here and there but we also got to ride some first descents too! It was a dream trip and there was much laughing, shredding, feasting, partying, and enjoying the amazing culture and massive mountains.

Tragically we lost Jordie last fall. It was a shock to lose such a loved and invincible individual. Jordie's friendliness, gentle nature, and exuberance for life will be remembered by the entire mountain bike community. He was especially amazing with kids and was easily one of the camper kids favourite coaches. My kids adored him. He was the first mountain biker to do a cork 720, had a big bag of amazing tricks and built his own creative, unique crazy stunts in the trees. He looked like a heavily muscled, tattooed MMA fighter... but had the gentle heart of a lion. A longtime racer turned freerider movie star, he was recently a renaissance man with his successful 'Rough AF' badass video series.

We had a video edited from Peru and was ready to drop it last season but shelved it immediately upon hearing the sad news and processed his passing. We didn't really know what to do with it but eventually have started to think it'd be nice for people to see an adventure with Jordie with some fun mtn biking, to remember and honor him. Thank you to Haku Expeditions for bringing us on this epic trip that I could never know at the time would be our last one together. I feel lucky to have known Jordie, to have called him a friend for decades and to have shared this time with our legendary friend!

Much love my friend. The MTB world will never forget you.
Brett Tippie

Shot by Steve Shannon
Jordie Lunn in Peru.

Shot by Steve Shannon
Shot by Steve Shannon

Shot by Steve Shannon

Athlete Jordie Lunn Location Peru
Athlete Jordie Lunn Location Peru

Athlete Jordie Lunn Brett Tippie

Athlete Jordie Lunn Brett Tippie
Athlete Jordie Lunn Brett Tippie

Athlete Jordie Lunn Location Peru

Athlete Jordie Lunn Location Peru
Athlete Jordie Lunn Location Peru

Athlete Jordie Lunn Location Peru

Athlete Jordie Lunn Location Peru
Athlete Jordie Lunn Location Peru

Athlete Jordie Lunn Location Peru

Athlete Jordie Lunn Location Peru
Athletes Jordie Lunn Brett Tippie Location Peru

Athlete Jordie Lunn Location Peru

Athletes Jordie Lunn Brett Tippie Location Peru

See more photos from the trip by Steve Shannon here.

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53 Comments

  • 126 0
 Still missed #AF
  • 23 0
 Still rough AF up in the heavens
  • 49 0
 Beautifully written Brett! Great vid.
  • 40 0
 Fucking legend.
  • 35 0
 Oh man....wow. That was just a great reminder of how awesome he was. Thanks Tip.
  • 20 0
 I never met Jordie but my little dude did at Black Sage fest. I love this photo so much. I think Jordie is famous for being rough AF obviously, but he was also a huge part of building the kids scene from what I here. He and Casey Brown (photo) were super cool and gave out as many high-fives as the kids could take. Sweet people. My kids won't forget him soon, simply for being a pretty cool dude and liking bikes (and hurting his balls on the tree...Smile ).
www.pinkbike.com/photo/19538859
  • 1 0
 My son and I met Jordie at Black Sage. He was as positive as you describe. I appreciate that he was willing to spend a couple minutes talking with my son too.
  • 13 0
 Thank you Brett, Andrew, Steve and Haku. Awesome pics and edit. It has been a tough year for many reflecting on the memories we all had of Jord and the processing of this senseless tragedy. It is also uplifting to hear the stories, see the photos and overall joy my nephew brought to peoples faces, near and far. If we all could just try a little more to smile, be positive, laugh and inspire youth we would not only #livelikejordie we would make him proud. Uncle Rob #longlivejordie #jordielunnbikepark
  • 3 0
 Thanks Rob, it was nice to hear from you.
  • 16 0
 That tree drop!!!
  • 13 0
 Jordie and Brett are just good people. Always bring a smile to my face. RIP Jordie!
  • 10 0
 An excellent video of two absolute legends. RIP Jord
  • 2 0
 Cheers!
  • 6 0
 Freeriding originator and ambassador
Watching this in this quality makes it feels like it was yesterday and like he never left
Very very rare human, how could he be so gnarly and so confident to push the limits like no one else has while also being the most humble and generous dude. He would help any kid or anyone that would ask for advice, help or teaching and share his knowledge and skills like knowledge is meant to be shared. He couldnt fathom just living his own life feeding his own ego, purely thinking about himself and his career/path.
RIP Jordie Lunn
  • 1 0
 Well said sir
  • 9 0
 Bitter-Sweet ! Thanks for sharing
  • 1 0
 Definitely bitter-sweet Frown
  • 5 0
 choking back the tears when the 4 minutes and 47 seconds ended I sat perplexed almost unable to breath. Jordie did not talk on the video and did not need to he lived the real life of a freerider. RIP Rough AF Jordie.
  • 3 0
 My fiance and I were in Peru in November 2019 doing a MTB tour with @HakuExpeditions , our stay just happened to overlap a bit with Geoff Gully's trip. It was amazing hearing some of their Jordie stories, guy sounds like an an all time guy. RIP Jordie
  • 5 0
 Jordie was at LooseFest in front of us few weeks before his crash, pushing the new generation:

ep1.pinkbike.org/p6pb17496726/p6pb17496726.jpg

#longlivejordie
  • 1 0
 Holy smokes that kid is sending it!
  • 3 0
 You gotta be tough AF to live year round in that environment. I wouldn't survive a filming trip. Props to the locals. RIP Jordie - his legacy lives on at his skills park and all the people he helped along the way.
  • 5 0
 Beautifully done all Salute
  • 1 0
 Thank you!
  • 1 0
 Cusco has some of the best riding I've ever experienced. If you can handle a dirt bike on snotty offroad terrain, go do a 1 or 2 day guided tour with Alejandro Luna at Peru Moto Tours in Cusco. He does mountain bike stuff too I believe. Freeriding anything on 2 wheels in the Andes is basically heaven.
  • 2 0
 Amazing! Two Legends! One very missed talented as fuck guy! I cant wait for the world to get its shit together and go here!
  • 4 0
 Jordie, eat ya Alpaca, eat ya Alpaca Jordie. Legend. RIP big man
  • 3 0
 Great way to share his memory & keep him on peoples minds
  • 2 0
 For sure! Tom Van Steenbergs Wild West was dedicated to Jordie and definitely put him in people's minds who watched it.
  • 1 0
 "Steenbergen"
  • 3 0
 looked like skiing on bikes!
  • 4 0
 nice work AY
  • 6 0
 Thanks bro!
  • 2 0
 Great vid with even greater people. Nice not to just see rear tires folding in berms ! Well done Tippie.
  • 1 0
 Thank you, that means a lot!
  • 2 0
 "When in doubt.... Just Lunn it!" RIP Jordie
  • 1 0
 Right on. Thanks for this Pb, Tip, and Haku!
  • 1 0
 I’ll be in Cabo Monday. I’ll have beers for him RIP...
  • 2 0
 RIP Jordie #RoughAF
  • 1 0
 Great article as usual man! Always a pleasure
  • 1 0
 Sick footage, really enjoyed this!
  • 1 0
 too soon
  • 1 0
 Beautiful!!
  • 1 0
 Peru IS the trip! #RIPJ
  • 1 0
 Ride in Peace JL
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